AUSTIN ZOO HIGHLIGHTS for Fall/Winter:


Winter Hours are in effect!

NOV. 1 – JAN. 31:
Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 AM – 4 PM.
Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 AM – 5 PM.

Admissions closes 1 hour prior to zoo closing. Our animals are most active in the morning hours, so plan to come early!

AUSTIN ZOO WILL CLOSE EARLY AT 4:00 pm ON CHRISTMAS EVE, December 24th.

AUSTIN ZOO WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25th.

AUSTIN ZOO IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING PUMPKIN DONATIONS.


We’re Hiring!

To view available positions, please visit our Employment page.

Or visit us on and apply through Ziprecruiter!


DAILY ZOOKEEPER CHATS

Monday

  • 10:00 AM – Porcupines (temporarily off)
  • 11:00 AM – Parrots
  • 1:00 – Alligators

Tuesday

  • 10:00 AM – Porcupines (temporarily off)
  • 11:00 AM – Parrots
  • 1:00 PM – Reptiles / Discovery Center

Wednesday

  • 10:00 AM – Porcupines (temporarily off)
  • 11:00 AM – Parrots
  • 1:00 PM – Reptiles / Discovery Center

Thursday

  • 10:00 AM – Porcupines (temporarily off)
  • 11:00 AM – Parrots
  • 1:00 – Reptiles / Discovery Center

Friday

  • 10:00 AM – Porcupines (temporarily off)
  • 11:00 AM – Parrots
  • 1:00 PM – Alligators

Saturday

  • 10:00 AM – Primates
  • 11:00 AM – White Tiger “Zulema”
  • 12:00 PM – Galapagos Tortoises
  • 1:00 PM – Black Bears

Sunday

  • 10:00 AM – Primates
  • 11:00 AM – White Tiger “Zulema”
  • 12:00 PM – Galapagos Tortoises
  • 1:00 PM – Black Bears 


Austin Zoo Granite Paver Campaign

Please help us continue our mission of assisting animals in need through rescue, conservation and education while leaving your legacy at Austin Zoo.
Your personalized paver will be prominently displayed along the pathway that leads to our Gift Shop.
Your contribution to our granite paver campaign will be used to support habitat renovations and expansions for some of our rescued animals!


Each line will hold 15 characters, including letters, spaces and punctuation.
16 inches x 16 inches with 3 lines of engraving available for $1000
8 inches x 8 inches with 2 lines of engraving available for $500
4 inches x 8 inches with 1 line of engraving available for $100

For more information and to contribute to our Granite Paver Campaign, please click HERE.


Train rides are every half hour, from 11 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Saturdays and Sundays, every half hour from 11 am to 4:00 pm.

Please NOTE: The Train may occasionally not be operational, due to weather conditions or needed maintenance. Feel free to call the morning of your visit after 9:30 am to inquire. 512-288-1490

Tickets are $5 plus tax at the Train Depot.


Austin Zoo Revue Gala 2022

We would like to thank all those who donated at this years Zoo Revue!


 

Capybara Encounter

Enter the world of our Capybara during your very own Capybara Encounter. 

These good tempered and gregarious animals will delight you during your time with them. An Education staff member will be with you during your entire encounter.

We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.

  • Capybara Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm, with only one encounter booked per day. 
  • Please call 512.695.3021 to check date and staff availability; reservations fill up weeks in advance. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 
  • The cost of your encounter is $50 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals, at least 10 years of age or older.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear. Gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter at noon to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Education staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • You will enjoy 25-30 minutes with our Capybaras.
  • Please do not be late! You will want to spend as much time as possible with Diego, Enrique, and Olivia! Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the scheduled encounter time of 12:00pm will result in cancellation of your encounter and no refunds will be given.
  • We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.

Cancellation or rescheduling of an encounter must be done at least 5 days prior to the scheduled encounter. Refunds will be provided only if the encounter must be canceled due to inclement weather as determined by Austin Zoo management.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.

 

Galapagos Tortoise Encounter

Are you ready to have an up close and personal encounter with our Galapagos Tortoises? These gentle giants love eating lettuce right from your hand, supervised by one of our Education staff members.

We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.

  • Tortoise Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am (or 1 PM on cold-temp days), with only one encounter booked per day.
  • Please call 512.695.3021 to check date and staff availability, with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 
  • The cost of your encounter is $25 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals, at least 5 years of age or older. Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear. Gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Education staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • Our encounters are 25-30 minutes long.
  • Please do not be late!  You will want to spend as much time as possible with Muffet, Gertie and Wheezy! Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the scheduled encounter time of 11:00am will result in cancellation of your encounter and no refunds will be given.

    Cancellation or rescheduling of an encounter must be done at least 5 days prior to the scheduled encounter. Refunds will be provided only if the encounter must be canceled due to inclement weather as determined by Austin Zoo management.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.


 

 

Become an Austin Zoo Member!

Your membership will go into effect the day you visit the Zoo to pick up your membership packet. Click HERE to purchase your membership today!

 

 

 

 

 

How You Can Help Austin Zoo Animals

1. Donate today by clicking on the donate button you see below.

2. Purchase a yearly membership by clicking HERE. Your membership will expire one year from the date of member’ first visit to the Zoo. 

3. Mail us a check to: Austin Zoo PO Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Zoo is proud to be a Zoological Association of America Accredited Facility.